Tri-service maritime exercise Paschim Lehar conducted by Indian Navy concluded off western coast in Arabian Sea. The objective of the exercise was to build interoperability between Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard.
This exercise includes participation of large number of ships, submarines and aircraft from Western Naval Command of Indian Navy and units from Eastern Naval Command, Indian Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Over 40 ships and submarines and similar number of maritime surveillance, fighter aircraft, helicopters and Remotely Piloted Aircraft of Indian Navy and IAF are participating in the exercise.
Tri-service maritime will test operational tasking and amphibious capabilities of armed forces, along with elements of Military Amphibious Brigade.
The exercise also includes amount of weapon firings, including missile, gun and torpedo firings during initial phase. The second phase of the exercise is organised to validate and refine the operational plans of Western Naval Command.
The objective of the exercise, which commenced on February 12, was to build interoperability.
“The Traditional western Naval Control concluded the large-scale operational exercise in the Arabian Sea. The three-week long exercise termed Exercise .Paschim Leher, tested the functional readiness of the Order and the execution of its operational plans.”
Over 40 naval assets including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, frontline boats of the Western Fleet and Eastern Fleet, like the newly-inducted Kolkata class ones, submarines, potent missile vessels of the 22nd Killer Squadron, patrol vessels and build of the local flotilla and the Coastline Guard participated in the exercise, he said.
The exercise also witnessed intense flying activity by carrier-borne Mig29K, P-8I, IL-38SDs, Dorniers and Remotely Piloted Aircraft and saw enhanced participation by the Indian Air Force planes, in coordinated flying missions with Navys air assets, the spokesperson said in a statement here.
Maritime role Jaguars, Su-30 MKI, AWACS and Flight Refuellers participated in large numbers from different airfields in Gujarat, Maharashtra and North India.
An amphibious landing was also conducted, which included the participation of the 91 Infantry Brigade of the Army.
“The exercise enabled testing and re validation of operational programs and manoeuvres in a hostile maritime scenario on India’s American seaboard.
“The defence of Indian offshore assets like oil rigs, escort operations of merchant ships and coastal defence were also rehearsed. The exercise will enable to refine the Commands operational, logistics and administrative plans.”
The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The Chief executive of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star Admiral, commands the navy.
The primary objective of the navy is to safeguard the nation’s maritime borders, and in conjunction with other MILITARY of the union, act to deter or defeat any threats or aggression against the territory, people or maritime interests of India, both in war and peace. Through joint exercises, goodwill trips and humanitarian missions, including devastation comfort, Indian Navy promotes bilateral relations between nations.